Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The Lodgers - on UK DVD June 25th

Out on UK DVD this month, from the director of "Let us Prey", Brian O'Malley, comes a classic ghost story about orphaned twins who live on a crumbling estate, in 1920s rural Ireland. 

Though isolated, Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) are not alone, for they share the house with sinister unseen entities that fprbid them from leaving

When the arrival of a troubled war veteran (Eugene Simon) sparks a sexual awakening in Rachel, she realises that she will have to fight alibe to escape the family curse that has long haunted them.

The Lodgers comes to UK DVD June 25th

View the trailer on YouTube

Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

 


It Came from the Desert - on UK DVD June 25th

Out on UK DVD this month, an action-packed monster movie, based on the cult classic 1980s video game.

When a group of teenage motocross contenders head to the New Mexico desert, they soon discover something strange coming from an underground military laboratory: mutated ants!

It's up to the survivors to uncover the secrets behind a crashed meteorite from the 1950, fight off their giant attackers and save the world from alien invasion.

It Came from the Desert arrives on UK DVD June 25th

View the trailer on YouTube

Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk


Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Flesh And Blood: The Hammer Heritage Of Horror documentary - coming to UK DVD July

Explore the most legendary horror studio of all time with this fascinating, frightening journey hosted by terror titans Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

England's most successful independent film company, the "fear factory" of Hammer Studios, has a history filled with feuds, censorship battles and streaks of luck both good and bad.

Now the legacy of horror returns, featuring interviews with such Hammer legends as Raquel Welch, Veronica Carlson, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Jimmy Sangster, Hazel Court, Martine Beswicke, Freddie Francis, Val Guest and Ray Harryhausen.

This DVD also includes behind-the-scenes home movies and nonstop shock scenes from over 40 classic films, including Horror of Dracula, Curse of Frankenstein, The Devil Rides Out, Curse of the Werewolf and many more.

The definitive study of one of the greatest names in horror!

Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

 

Horror Channel gets beastly in July with ANIMAL ATTACK SEASON

Nature gets nasty on Horror Channel in July with ANIMAL ATTACK SEASON, a beastly collection of movies including the UK premiere of teeth-clenching croc thriller BLACK WATER and the network premiere of CUJI, Stephen King’s macabre tale of a rabid St. Bernard dog, starring Scream Queen Dee Wallace. The prime-time Saturday night savagery continues throughout the month with Carlos Brooks’ wonderful ‘Tiger in a House’ nerve-jangler BURNING BRIGHT and David Hackl’s killer bear actioner INTO THE GRIZZLY MAZE, starring James Marsden, Thomas Jane, and Billy Bob Thornton.














Full film details in transmission order:


Sat 7 July @ 21:00 – CUJO (1983) *Network Premiere











When sweet St. Bernard dog Cujo is bitten by a bat, he morphs into a dangerous beast and goes on a rampage in a small town. Stay-at-home mom Donna (Dee Wallace) gets caught in Cujo's crosshairs on a fateful errand with her son, Tad (Danny Pintauro). Stuck in their car, Donna and Tad have a frightening showdown with the crazed animal.


Sat 14 July @ 21:00 – BURNING BRIGHT (2010)











Johnny Gavenau’s latest get-quick-rich scheme is to turn his Florida ranch into a Safari Park. As the main attraction he buys a dangerous Bengal tiger from an unscrupulous circus trader. But the ravenous beast gets loose, its’ only refuge the ranch house interior where stepdaughter Kelly and her autistic little brother Tom reside...


Sat 21 July @ 21:00 – BLACK WATER (2007) *UK TV











A terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia. Grace, her boyfriend Adam and younger sister Lee are on holiday and decide to take a river tour. When their boat capsizes, in the ensuing panic, their amateur guide disappears into the murky depths. Based on a true story, the sudden reptilian attacks, and desperate attempts to get back to their submerged boat raise potent apprehension and imaginatively stretch the suspense to nail-biting levels


Sat 28 July @ 21:00 – INTO THE GRIZZLY MAZE (2007)











James Marsden, Thomas Jane, and Billy Bob Thornton star in this action-packed adventure set in the Alaskan wilderness. After a relentless grizzly starts to wreak havoc on a small town, the sheriff heads into the forest to find his ecologist wife but instead crosses paths with his estranged, ex-con brother. They soon find themselves on the run from the massive killer bear. The hunted become the hunter in this edge-of-your seat thriller about the power of nature

There are also UK TV Premieres for Dylan K Narang’s gruelling survival chiller WAKE IN FEAR and the supernatural shocker BOOGEYMAN 2, starring ‘Saw’ man Tobin Bell.


Fri 13 July @ 22:45 – BOOGEYMAN 2 (2007) *UK TV Premiere











Having witnessed the bloody death of her parents as a child, Laura Porter (Station 19’s Danielle Savre) attempts to cure her phobia of the boogeyman by checking herself into a mental health facility. However, she slowly begins to realise, as her therapy group are killed off one by one, that she is now helplessly trapped with her own greatest fear.  Also stars Tobin Bell.

Fri 27 July @ 21:00 – WAKE IN FEAR (2016) * UK TV Premiere











This feature debut from writer-director Dylan K. Narang sees an imprisoned young woman (Fear, Inc.’s Caitlin Stasey) unexpectedly cross paths with a desperate man (Markus Taylor of Deadheads) in the den of a mysterious killer. 

Horror Channel: Be Afraid

TV: Sky 317 / Virgin 149 / Freeview 70 / Freesat 138


Saturday, 16 June 2018

IT LIVES - Arrives on UK DVD 30 July

An isolated nuclear bunker – called Plethura – deep, deep underground.

A scientist tasked with maintaining the subterranean centre in readiness for an impending strike, is all alone, apart from an omnipresent computer, Arthur.

But is there something else there?

When lone expert, Roy, is left isolated, hundreds of feet below the surface with no communication with the outside world and no way of knowing what’s going on, he starts to question his own sanity. And as an increasingly terrifying chain of events take place in the bunker, he realises that something else might be alive underground with him

Find out in the critically acclaimed, terrifying new psychological thriller from director Richard Mundy IT LIVES (aka Twenty Twenty-Four), which is set for its UK DVD debut from Second Sight Films on 30 July 2018.

Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk
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Friday, 15 June 2018

TERRORTORY 2 - coming to Amazon Prime October

Kevin Kangas forthcoming TERRORTORY 2  will be hitting Amazon Prime this October. A sequel to TERRORTORY, which was one of the top 100 movies on all of Amazon during October 2016. 

Check out the poster below


The film stars Richard Cutting ("House of Cards"), Joe Cardamone ("Ice Cold Killers"), Chris O'Brocki ("Fear of Clowns 2"), M.T. Smith ("Terrortory"), Frederick Cowie ("Plan 9"), Philip Levine ("Fear of Clowns 2"), Neil Conway ("Bounty") and Josh Davidson ("Maladjusted"). 

TERRORTORY 2 will premiere in the US July or August, and then will debut for everyone for free for one month on Amazon Prime on October 1st. Look for a final trailer and probably an alternate poster in September.

Arrow Films to release brand new 2K restoration of DOOM ASYLUM - July

If the news that there won’t be another Sex and the City movie hit you hard, it’s time to cheer up as Arrow Video have your Charlotte fix on it’s way with their Blu-ray release of Doom Asylum. With lashings of gore and more than a few macabre chuckles, this is one of the most entertaining slashers of the 1980s - and that’s saying something.

If you thought Sex and the City 2 was a stomach-churner, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Long before playing one of Carrie Bradshaw’s best gal pals, actress Kristin Davis found herself up against an altogether different kind of horror in 1987’s Doom Asylum: a riotous mix of gore, gags and goth girl groups galore!

When a group of horny teens wind up on the grounds of a creepy abandoned asylum, they think they’ve found the perfect place to party. Little do they know that inside the building’s crumbling walls lurks a freakishly deformed maniac, driven to madness by the tragic loss of his fiancĂ©e in a car accident. With an array of grisly surgical tools at his disposal, it’s only a matter of time before the youngsters begin meeting various splattery ends at the hands of the ghoulish Coroner. Helmed by director Richard Friedman (Scared Stiff and Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge), and also starring Penthouse Pet of the Year 1988 Patty Mullen (Frankenhooker), Doom Asylum combines outlandish gore and a wise-cracking villain to create one of the most wildly entertainingly blood-spattered slashers of the late ’80s.

Horror-comedies are somewhat ten-a-penny but they so often get the balance completely wrong. They either go too funny and nullify the scares, or too scary so the laughs seem misplaced. Doom Asylum, hailing from 1987, however, gets the balance spot-on with lots of gross-out splatter combined with hilarious wise-cracks from serial killer, the Coroner.

Doom Asylum, as all good 1980s horrors should, also has perfect trash casting (in the best possible sense, of course)! As well as marking Kristin Davis’s movie debut a good 11 years before Sex and the City first premiered. The film also stars Penthouse Pet of the Year 1988, Patty Mullen, and Playboy centrefold, Ruth Collins. Now, just try to imagine Charlotte’s face if she were to hear about this…

For those who’ve only ever seen Doom Asylum on a grainy VHS, this Arrow Video release is a real treat. It includes a brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative, two brand new audio commentaries, plus a selection of new and archival interviews. First pressings also come with a brand new, fully-illustrated collector’s booklet. So, sit back, relax and enjoy some good old 80s splatter like never before.

SPECIAL FEATURES

First pressing only: Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Amanda Reyes
-Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
-1.85:1 and 1.33:1 versions of the feature
-Original uncompressed PCM mono audio
-Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
-Brand new audio commentary with screenwriter Rick Marx
-Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
-Tina’s Terror, a brand new interview with actress Ruth Collins
-Movie Madhouse, a brand new interview with director of photography Larry Revene
-Morgues & Mayhem, a brand new interview with special make-up effects creator Vincent J. Guastini
-Archival Interviews with producer Alexander W. Kogan, Jr., director Richard Friedman and production manager Bill Tasgal
-Still Gallery
-Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourne

Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk



Thursday, 14 June 2018

Frightfest reveal this years stunning poster artwork.

Arrow Video FrightFest 2018 is delighted to present Graham Humphreys’ stunning artwork for this year’s annual Bank Holiday event, the UK’s largest celebration of genre cinema, taking place at Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema between Thurs Aug 23 & Mon Aug 27, 2018.


For Graham, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' seemed too important to ignore:

“In the same way that Frankenstein gave life to his monster, horror films stimulate our imagination and give form to ideas that otherwise dare not leave the shadows”, he commented. “The painting shows our familiar host enjoying a fresh jolt...as do we - the audience - each year at FrightFest. In the background, a new entity emerges through the doorway... a new sponsor... Arrow Video!”

It’s time to crank up the Wimshurst generator, unleash the primal forces, see what's on the slab and do the Monster Mash…

WEB: www.frightfest.co.uk | FB: /FrightFestreal | TW: @frightfest | IG: @frightfestUKWEB: www.arrowfilms.com | FB: /ArrowVideo | Twitter: @ArrowFilmsVideo | IG: @ArrowVideo
#ARROWFRIGHTFEST

THE CHANGELING - Ltd Edition UK BD coming August from Second Sight.

Cited as a huge influence by renowned film-makers including Martin Scorsese and Alejandro Amenabar and lauded by horror aficionados and audiences alike, The Changeling is one of the most chilling horrors of all time and now it arrives in a brand new restored version for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring stunning newly commissioned artwork by Christopher Shy.

One of the last classic horror films to finally be released in high-definition, Peter Medak’s (The Krays) The Changeling arrives as a limited edition collector’s set including stunning packaging, a poster, a 40-page perfect bound booklet and a slew of newly created special features such as a commentaries, interviews and featurettes.

Following the tragic death of his wife and daughter in a car crash, composer John Russell leaves the city and retires to an old mansion in the hope of rebuilding his life. The peace and quiet he craves is soon disturbed however. Unexplained noises are just the beginning. Convinced there is a supernatural presence in the house he enlists the help a local historian. What they uncover is more shocking than he could ever have imagined.

George C. Scott (The Hustler) plays the lead alongside a strong cast including his wife Trish Van Devere (Where’s Poppa) and Oscar winning actor Melvyn Douglas (Being There).

One of the most highly acclaimed horror films of all time The Changeling will chill you to the bone.
 

SPECIAL FEATURES:
• Brand new 4K scan and restoration
• Limited Edition packaging featuring outer rigid slipcase, Amaray case, poster, 40 page booklet and
• Audio commentary with director Peter Medak and producer Joel B. Michaels moderated by Severin
Films’ David Gregory
• ‘The House on Cheesman Park’: The Haunting True Story of The Changeling
• ‘The Music of The Changeling’: Interview with Music Arranger Kenneth Wannberg
• ‘Building The House of Horror’: Interview with Art Director Reuben Freed
• ‘The Psychotronic Tourist’: The Changeling
• ‘Master of Horror Mick Garris on The Changeling’
• Trailer
• TV Spot
• New English subtitles for the hearing impaired
 

Limited Edition Exclusive Contents:
• Original Soundtrack CD


The Changeling Limited Edition Blu-ray will be released on 13 August 2018 from Second Sight.

Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk

 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Fright-Rags releases CABIN IN THE WOODS & MANI-YACK Collections

Five friends go to a cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. You think you know the story, but Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon turned the genre tropes on their head in The Cabin in the Woods. Fright-Rags has released new merchandise from the 2012 meta horror favorite, along with the new Mani-Yack collection.


Fright-Rags' The Cabin in the Woods line kicks off with three T-shirts from artists Justin Osbourn, Abrar Ajmal, and Kyle Crawford. Ajmal's design parodies the iconic Evil Dead poster art, reflecting Cabin in the Wood's clever deconstruction of the genre.

The company has also introduced System Purge blind-box enamel pins of five creatures from The Cabin in the Woods: Merman, Sugar Plum Fairy, Wolfman, Hell Lord, and the ultra-rare Unicorn. Each limited edition pin is randomly inserted in collectible "elevator" packaging.

Fright-Rags has also launched a line of Mani-Yack shirts featuring Jeff Carlson’s retro-style renderings of horror icons Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Michael Myers (Halloween), Pinhead (Hellraiser), and Ghostface (Scream). Each deign comes in three shirt styles: black, white, and ringer.

Head to Fright-Rags.com now to shop The Cabin in the Woods and Mani-Yack collections before they escape!

Be sure to return to the site this Friday, June 15, for Fright-Rags’ latest “classick” re-print. Jeff Zornow’s Father's Day design, based on Creepshow, will be available on T-shirts, tank tops, and baseball tees for three days only.


 

THE X-FILES - Series 11 - comes to UK BD & DVD July 23

The next chapter of THE X-FILES is a thrilling 10-episode installment of the classic, mind-bending series. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson return as iconic FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully for THE X-FILES SERIES 11 available on Blu-ray and DVD on 23rd July.

Mulder and Scully are investigating unsolved cases with more government conspiracies, inexplicable mysteries and alien cover-ups than ever before. Their pursuit of the truth continues with a search for their long-lost son, William, but they aren’t the only ones looking for him; dark forces gather, and the very fate of the world could be at stake. One thing is certain: secrets will be revealed… and the truth may finally be within reach.

Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner. Additionally, the episodes feature guest-star appearances by Haley Joel Osment, Annabeth Gish, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, Karin Konoval, Barbara Hershey and William B. Davis, who reprises his legendary role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.”
 
THE X-FILES SEASON 11 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on 23rd July.
 

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- The Scully Effect
- Conversation on the Fox Lot
- Gag Reel
- Green Production
- Audio Commentary on Selected Episodes
- Solve for X: Constructing Season 11
- Implanted Memories: 25 Years of The X-Files
 

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
- The Scully Effect
- Conversation on the Fox Lot
- Gag Reel

- Green Production
- Audio Commentary on Selected Episodes

Buy the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk

Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

 



Mayhem Film Festival wants your scary shorts and launch of Early Bird passes

Early Bird passes are now on sale for Mayhem Film Festival 2018, which will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 11-14 October.

Early Bird passes allow access to the full festival, including all films and special events. The passes are available for a limited period of time for just £65 for four days of exciting previews, premieres, special guests and events, showcasing the best horror, sci-fi and cult features and shorts from around the world. To buy an Early Bird pass, please visit http://www.mayhemfilmfestival.com/tickets or contact the Broadway box office on 0115 952 6611.

Mayhem is also on the lookout for short films for its ever-popular Short Film Showcase. Ahead of its 14th edition, Mayhem will be accepting local, national and international entries, hoping to compile another selection of outstanding short films for what remains a much-loved part of the festival’s programme, and still one of its most popular screenings each year.

Now a four-day event, Mayhem originally started as a single compilation of short films, and the short film selection still holds an important place in the festival’s schedule. Mayhem Film Festival continues to expand, welcoming more special guests, celebrating new and emerging talent, and highlighting bold and exciting new feature and short films from the dark edges of genre and beyond.

The call for short films is now open and filmmakers can submit their entry, for free, until midday on Friday 17 August. To submit your scary short, please email Melissa Gueneau at mayhemfilmfest@gmail.com  

Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 11-14 October 2018. For more information about Mayhem, please visit www.mayhemfilmfestival.com

 

Monday, 11 June 2018

HABIT - in UK cinemas 1st JULY

From director Simeon Halligan (White Settlers, Splintered) and based on the cult novel by Stephen McGeagh, HABIT is a blood-drenched and intense claustrophobic film set in the underbelly of Manchester starring Jessica Barden from the hit Netflix show The End of the F***ing World and Showtime’s horror drama series Penny Dreadful.

This shocking, visceral and, very often, twisted tale also stars Elliot James Langridge (Northern Soul), William Ash (The Tunnel), Sally Carman (Shameless), Joanne Mitchell (Attack of the Adult Babies) and Roxanne Pallett (Wrong Turn 6).

HABIT centres around Michael (Langridge) who as a young boy, along with his sister, witnesses the suicide of his mother. Now an adult and trying to find his place in the world, Michael divides his time between the job centre and the pub. A chance meeting with Lee (Barden), an introduction to her Uncle Ian (Ash) and a heavy night on the streets of Manchester, lead to a job working the door at Cloud 9, a seedy massage parlour. After witnessing the violent death of one of the punters, Michael starts having increasingly blood soaked nightmares. Are they flashbacks or fantasies? Little by little, he finds himself being sucked into a dangerous twilight world that he doesn’t understand – but which he finds irresistibly attractive. Addictive even.

Tantalising, gripping, dark and audacious, HABIT comes to UK cinemas 1 July 2018 on a wave of anticipation after its World Premiere at GRIMMFEST 2017 and Best Feature and Best Screenplay awards at the New York City Horror Film Festival the same year. 

Sunday, 10 June 2018

DOGGED comes to UK DVD and Digital 9 July from Left Films

Dogged is the debut feature film from director Richard Rowntree, a disturbing folk horror film which taps into our primal fear of what lurks in the woods. 

When ten-year-old Megan Lancaster meets a grizzly and untimely end, Sam is forced to return to the remote tidal island where he grew up to attend the funeral. A testing relationship with his disconnected parents, a reunion with his estranged girlfriend Rachel, and a cryptic message from the island’s doctor force Sam to investigate the events leading up to Megan’s tragic death. 

The truth is far more shocking and unbelievable than Sam wants to acknowledge, and his life begins to spiral out of control in a macabre descent of paranoia. Sam must race against tide and time to expose the seedy underbelly of the island, and to save the lives of those he loves.

Written and directed by Richard Rowntree (Art Department on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, A Monster Calls, Ex Machina). Stars: Sam Saunders, Toby Wynne-Davies, Debra Leigh-Taylor, Philip Ridout and Tony Manders. 

View the trailer on YouTube

Pre-order the DVD from Amazon.co.uk





 

Shane Black's PREDATOR, new trailer hits the web

Oooh, another new trailer. This one for the forthcoming "Predator" film. Looks good...


Trailer for the new HALLOWEEN film released.

Universal pictures have just released the trailer for the forthcoming "Halloween" film, starring Jamie Lee Curtis...



Look like this not only ignores the remakes, but all the previous sequels (even Halloween 2), which is a bit wierd. But looks kinda cool.

What are your thoughts?

Back to work!

OK, following a 6 month hiatus (not counting my occaisional posts on FB and Twitter), I've decided it's time to get back to work on the old website again. 

Expect normal posts (whatever "normal" is around here) to get back to normal shortly.


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

SITE ANNOUNCEMENT - TAKING A BREAK

After very careful consideration, I've decided I need to take a break from maintaining the website for the forseeable future. This sadly means, no more news updates or reviews until further notice.

Put breifly, keeping this place updated regularly has gone from being a part time hobby to having a second full-time job, which has become a bit of a strain.

I have therefore decided, for the sake of my own sanity, to give it a rest for a while to free up some time to pursue other interests.

I'm not planning on shutting the place down, at least not yet anyway. However I will be reconsidering how best to move the site forward.

This also means I probably won't be posting over on Facebook much. However, I will be making the odd personal post over on Twitter if you wish to see what I get up to over there. 

Also, I do plan on continuing with the YouTube channel for now, so please subscribe to me over there if you haven't already done so!

That's all for now. Friday night chat sessions will continue as normal in the chat room if you want to stop by.

Best Wishes
Simon!

Monday, 1 January 2018

The Realm of Horror's films of 2017

As always, with it being New Years, here's my list of films from the last 12 months that struck a particular chord with me...



The Devil's Well, out on US DVD this month!

Hell is just below the surface in Kurtis Spieler’s spine-chilling The Devil’s Well, which comes to US DVD this month from Wild Eye Releasing.

Paranornmal researcher Karla Marks mysteriously vanishes while conducting an investigation with her husband into the Devil's Well, an underground location reported to be a gateway straight into hell, and the site of ongoing strange phenomenon. 

A year after her disappearance, a group of investigators go back to uncover the truth about Karla, and are faced with evil forces greater than they ever imagined.

Winner of the Gold Award at the Spotlight Horror Film Awards, and featuring a superb line-up including Bryan Manley Davis (Sheep Skin), Chris Viemeister (Bridge and Tunnel), David Alexander (Thelema the Equinox Diaries), Kristen Seavey (“Nightwing: Escalation”), and Anne-Marie Mueschke (“Siberia”), 

The Devil’s Well is full to the top brick with bloodcurdling chills. Look for it from 23rd Jan on US DVD.

Buy it from Amazon.com